His name is Jack and all summer he has tried to swim to the small floating dock positioned in the deep part of the local swimming hole. Jack’s a good swimmer but he doesn’t have the confidence he can make it all the way out there. Every time he’s tried, he has given up about halfway and gone back to shallow water.
It’s a hot summer day and today Jack wants to try again, but he’s still unsure of himself. Hesitating at the pond’s edge, he stares at his goal with a hopeless feeling. However, all that is about to change.
Two brothers come to the park with their family, jump into the lake and swim up to Jack. Within minutes they are all fast friends, splashing in the cool water and having fun. The brothers encourage Jack that he can make to the float and to make sure he can they will swim alongside him. When the three of them make it to the float, there is a riotous celebration of the triumphant swim and Jack has finally achieved his goal. They swim back together, excitedly retelling the details to their moms, all talking at once and all beaming with pride.
Three boys, one pond and a short swim, that became a huge turning point in all their young lives. The two boys were my older boys Josh and Matt, and they stepped (or should I say, dove) into a major blessing moment. They came along side someone and made a difference that could have a lifetime ripple effect.
There are times when we need someone to pull along side of us and help us get to a place we need to be. Jack allowed my two sons to help him through his trial by water, trusting his new friends would not let him down. That is God’s love in action and to see it come alive in your children is priceless!
“Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”
This post is part of Bridget Chumbley’s ‘One Word at a Time’ blog carnival the topic is “Summer.” Be sure to go and check it out!